Andria Burchett Beech Tree Buzz newsletter beechtreestudio.com fine art in colored pencil
Does Your Cooking Style Resemble Your Drawing Style?
During the last session, several BTS artists had dusted off their rolling pins and created some delectable treats for us in the studio to enjoy! We’ve been the lucky recipients of breads, cookies, hearty soup secrets and to-die-for pasta family recipes. Some cooks follow directions to the letter, while others like to make it up as they go, testing periodically for any needed adjustments in the ingredients.
Then someone wondered if our method of cooking is like our style of creating art. Hmmm...I never really thought about that, but there may be some truth here. My family has often remarked that I can whip up a nice meal with whatever happens to be on hand at the time. A little of this stirred in with a cup of that, top it off with a sprinkle of these and botta-bing-botta-boom! Dinner!
Is that how I approach my drawings? Yep. Once I have my drawing all laid out, I start with a basic plan of attack (the recipe).
I pick out my palette of pencils before I even begin (the ingredients) and stay pretty close to these choices throughout the project. News Flash- You don’t REALLY need 150 color choices to create the hues and values in your work, you just need to know how to manipulate the ones you’re using. This limited palette actually gives a unity to your artwork. Just try the Primary Color Workshop sometime, and you’ll get a clear understanding of this!
My “zone” is when I have a fistful of pencils from my palette, and I’m just pulling them out like arrows from a quiver. A smidge of this, a bit of that, and a good dose of those. I always like to add just a pinch of a surprise color in my work, usually near the end (garnish).
I’m guessing you’ve never thought about the comparisons before, either. Whether you are a strict “rule-follower” of methods and directions, or prefer to figure it out as you go, I recommend you make a big batch of chocolate chip cookies to have on hand while you mull it over.